Saturday, September 12, 2009
In India practically every state specialises in their own style of classical dancing. In the state where I live, we have Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Otamthullal. Unfortunately I could not attend these performances.
What I am going to show case today is Odissi dance which originated in Orissa state, in eastern India. Rukmani Sahoo and her team performed for Onam celebrations.
It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis, and upon the basic square stance known as chauka.